Jim Johnson
RP ATL
1 week ago

Johnson allowed a walk and a single, but held the Mets scoreless in the bottom of the ninth for his second straight save Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was given the save opportunity after Mets closer Jeurys Familia blew an extended save opportunity, and held on for his 17th of the year. Johnson's ERA dipped back below 3.00 with the scoreless effort, a remarkable feat considering he held a 7.90 ERA at the end of May.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
1 week ago

Johnson allowed a lone single in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Mets, striking out two for his 16th save.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson is a perfect 14-for-14 in save opportunities since July 26, not long after earning the Braves' closer gig full-time. He's posted a 1.42 ERA with a 33:5 K:BB over that span, lowering his ERA from 4.46 to 3.02.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
4 weeks ago

Johnson struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning Sunday to notch his 15th save of the season in a win over the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

He's now converted 13 straight save chances dating back to late June, and fantasy managers who picked Johnson up hoping for a boost in that category have to be thankful that the Braves didn't flip him at or after the trade deadline the way they have so many other veterans this year.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
4 weeks ago

Johnson needed just three pitches to record one out and his 14th save Thursday against San Diego.

EDGE Analysis

After fellow reliever Chaz Roe let the Friars make it interesting, the Braves turned to Johnson for that pesky final out, and he delivered, getting Alexei Ramirez on a grounder to first. The veteran's been picking up a surprising number of saves lately for a Braves team that's finally figured out how to win some games; he's a lower-mid-tier closer down the stretch run.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
1 month ago

Johnson tossed a perfect inning to record his 13th save of the season Saturday versus the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson has been in a groove of late, as he has converted 11 consecutive save opportunities and has been scored upon just once in his last 16 appearances. The veteran should continue to see the looks at the end of the game for the Braves, but his opportunities are far from plentiful.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
1 month ago

Johnson will remain the Braves' closer for the time being despite the return of Arodys Vizcaino, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vizcaino was working as the closer when he was injured in mid-July, but Johnson shined in his absence, so he will hang onto his ninth-inning duties even though Vizcaino is healthy and back on the big-league roster. It's no lock that Johnson hangs onto the closer's role the rest of the way, but he has tossed nine consecutive scoreless innings, and his job security should only improve as long as he continues having success.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out two to earn his eighth save of the season Sunday at the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was protecting a one-run lead and easily shut down the Cardinals on just 10 pitches. After blowing a pair of saves in July, he's now converted his last six opportunities successfully to lower his ERA to 3.70. Since posting sub-3.00 ERAs in 2011-2013, this is the only season since then in which he's posted an ERA of lower than 4.46.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one walk and striking out one to earn his sixth save of 2016 Sunday against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson was protecting a one-run lead, and after allowing a lead-off walk, he induced a double play ball and a strikeout to close the door on the Phillies. He saved four games this week without allowing a run, and he now has a 3.99 ERA on the year

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson worked around a hit and one walk to notch his fifth save of the season Friday against the Phillies.

EDGE Analysis

Even though Johnson finished the job Friday, it wasn't exactly what he needed in order to hush the idea of losing his job as the team's closer. His 4.10 ERA and 1.37 are anything but impressive for a ninth-inning man, and with the Braves playing for nothing but pride, manager Brian Snitker doesn't need much reason to give 22-year-old Mauricio Cabrera a run at the job.

Jim Johnson
RP ATL
2 months ago

Johnson blew the save Tuesday against the Reds, giving up two runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning.

EDGE Analysis

Anyone who has ridden the Jim Johnson-as-closer trainer in recent years realizes that this is par for the course. He's a pitch-to-contact reliever, and thus he's subject to the whims of balls in play more than your average closer. This outing could have been worse - the Reds had a runner thrown out on the bases and another caught stealing with Joey Votto at-bat. Meanwhile, Mauricio Cabrera pitched well in extra innings and drew praise afterward - Johnson might not have much role security.